NBCSN recaps 2015 NASCAR season with special NASCAR America editions

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— NBCSN Wraps Up Year with 12 Feature Episodes of NASCAR America

— Twelve 30-Minute Episodes Highlight the Triumphs, Comebacks, Dust-Ups, Essays and Stories of 2015

NBCSN will close out the year with 12 30-minute special editions of NASCAR America. The custom shows include highlights and a look back at a season flush with controversies, victories and storylines.

A breakdown of each episode and their respective air dates can be found below.

NASCAR America: The Champions of 2015 – features segments on NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY, Camping World Truck, K&N Pro and Whelen All American Series winners.

NASCAR America: Memorable Victories – examines the most impressive victories of 2015, from Kyle Busch’s fourth win at the Brickyard to Kevin Harvick’s must-win at Dover and Jeff Gordon final triumph at Martinsville.

NASCAR America: Personal Stories – surveys the most memorable off-track segments presented throughout the season, including Marty Snider’s interview withAustin Dillon’s family and Joey Logano’s work with Mission 22 assisting war veterans.

NASCAR America: Behind the Wheel – looks back at Steve Letarte’s interview with former teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart’s interview with Rutledge Woodand Danica Patrick’s conversation with Krista Voda.

NASCAR America: Legacy of a Legend: Jeff Gordon – relives Gordon’s victory at Martinsville and the tremendous celebration which surrounded his final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR America: Ken Squier’s 2015 Essays – revisits four of Ken Squier’s highlight essays from 2015 including Daytona, Darlington and Texas.

NASCAR America: Essays of 2015 – includes Dale Earnhardt Jr’s feature on the history of Bristol Motor Speedway and Jimmie Johnson’s narrated story on his longtime connection to Dover’s “Monster Mile.”

NASCAR America: Images of the 2015 Season – looks back at the most visual moments of the 2015 season.

NASCAR America: Top 20 Moments of the 2015 Season – returns back to the jaw-dropping memories and storylines from the season.

NASCAR America: Best of Scan All 43 – two-part series counts down the best radio scanner moments of the 2015 season, including crew chief pit calls, media analysis and spotter conversation.

NASCAR America: Scan All 43, Championship Edition – examines radio scanner audio from the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race in Miami.

 

Date Program Time (ET)
Wed., December 16 NASCAR America: Images of the 2015 Season 5:00 PM
NASCAR America: Memorable Victories 5:30 PM
Thur., December 17 NASCAR America: Images of the 2015 Season 5:30 PM
Fri., November 18 NASCAR America: Ken Squier’s 2015 Essays 5:00 PM
Sun., December 20 NASCAR America: The Champions of 2015 4:00 PM
Mon., December 21 NASCAR America: Images of the 2015 Season 6:30 PM
Tue., December 22 NASCAR America: Best of Scan All 43, Part 1 5:00 PM
NASCAR America: Personal Stories 5:30 PM
Wed., December 23 NASCAR America: Best of Scan All 43, Part 2 5:00 PM
NASCAR America: Ken Squier’s 2015 Essays 5:30 PM
Wed., December 30 NASCAR America: Behind the Wheel 7:00 AM
NASCAR America: Legacy of a Legend: Jeff Gordon 7:30 AM
Thur., December 31 NASCAR America: Ken Squier’s 2015 Essays 7:30 AM
Tue., January 5 NASCAR America: The Champions of 2015 7:00 AM
NASCAR America: Memorable Victories 7:30 AM
Wed., January 6 NASCAR America: Personal Stories 7:00 AM
NASCAR America: Behind the Wheel 7:30 AM
NASCAR America: Top 20 Moments of the 2015 Season 5:00 PM
Thur., January 7 NASCAR America: Legacy of a Legend: Jeff Gordon 7:00 AM
NASCAR America: Ken Squier’s 2015 Essays 7:30 AM
NASCAR America: Essays of 2015 5:00 PM
Fri., January 8 NASCAR America: Scan All 43, Championship Edition 5:00 PM
Mon., January 11 NASCAR America: Essays of 2015 4:30 PM
NASCAR America: Top 20 Moments of the 2015 Season 5:00 PM
Thur., January 14 NASCAR America: Best of Scan All 43, Part 1 5:00 PM
Fri., January 15 NASCAR America: Best of Scan All 43, Part 2 5:00 PM

Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman ‘clear the air’ about All-Star incident

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CONCORD, N.C. — Five days after Clint Bowyer threw several punches at Ryan Newman as Newman sat in his car after the All-Star Race, the two sat side by side during an autograph session at a Bass Pro Shops near Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Bowyer was upset with Newman for contact that led to Bowyer crashing after last weekend’s race. After Bowyer drove to pit road, he ran to Newman’s car while still wearing his helmet — earning a rebuke from his team owner for not removing his helmet. After reaching Newman’s car, Bowyer unleashed a number of punches.

Both drivers talked this week before they got to the autograph session.

“It was good to have a conversation about it,” Bowyer said Thursday night after qualifying eighth at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. “At the end of the day there were a lot of things that escalated very fast and obviously got out of hand.

“There’s one thing I can always promise you about something like that and it is unfortunate, and you hate having things like that happen, (but) that’s probably the best attended autograph session at Bass Pro Shops that I’ve had in a long, long time.

“Obviously I don’t want to do that every weekend. At the end of the day we all love this sport, we are all passionate about this sport and every now and then that shows a little brighter.”

Bowyer was asked if he thought Newman would retaliate.

“I don’t know,” Bowyer said. “Hopefully it’s behind us. We both have a little better understanding of how it escalated into that and you’ve just got to get stuff like that behind you.”

Newman said it was good to talk to Bowyer about what happened.

“It was good to kind of clear the air,” Newman said. “It is what it is. It’s the past. Just something you always remember. You learn about somebody in a situation like that.”

Newman was asked if he’ll race Bowyer differently.

“I try to race everybody the same way and that’s hard because that’s what I get paid to do,” said Newman, who qualified 18th for the Coca-Cola 600. “I try to give-and-take when I came. The way it works anymore with stage points, especially in the All-Star race, you don’t give and take. You take.”

Starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600

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William Byron will start first and Aric Almirola will start second for Sunday’s 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600.

Byron, 21, is the youngest pole-sitter in the race’s history.

The top five is completed by defending race winner Kyle Busch, 2017 race winner Austin Dillon and two-time 600 winner Kevin Harvick.

Click here for the starting lineup.

William Byron wins pole for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. —  William Byron won the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Byron claimed the top spot with a qualifying speed of 183.424 mph. At the age of 21, he’s the youngest Coca-Cola 600 pole-sitter.

It’s Byron’s second career Cup pole, joining his pole in this year’s Daytona 500.

He beat out Aric Almirola (183.069 mph), Kyle Busch (182.933), Austin Dillon (182.766) and Kevin Harvick (182.741).

“This is awesome, a dream come true,” Byron told FS1. “Obviously, I grew up in Charlotte so I came to this race every year. It’s a dream come true to qualify on the pole next to Hendrick Motorsports across the street over there. … Can’t think of a better way to start the weekend.”

Byron has qualified on the front row five time this year and four times in the last seven races.

The pole is the 12th for Hendrick Motorsports in the 600, which leads all teams.

Busch has qualified in the top three for the last three 600s.

Corey LaJoie‘s No. 32 Ford failed pre-qualifying inspection twice, resulting in the ejection of an engineer.

Click here for qualifying results.

Joey Logano and family mourn their dog

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CONCORD, N.C. — Joey Logano provided a sobering update Thursday night about the family’s lost dog, Luigi.

The dog had been missing since Tuesday.

Logano’s wife Brittany wrote on a Facebook post for lost and found pets in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area that the family’s French Bulldog got out of their fence Tuesday night.

“Our little Luigi I believe he’s stolen, I think,” Joey Logano said earlier Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We can’t really put a match to anything. We put a bunch of signs up and things on social media and we watched the cameras at our house and we see him running around the backyard and then you don’t see him again. Not really sure what happened there.”

“We’ve learned that Frenchies are one of the most stolen dogs around. It’s kind of sad that someone does that. It’s a member of your family. It’s a jerk move. Hopefully, we can figure it out.”